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Villages Around Sochi Still Poverty-Striken06:15

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The world's attention has been on the gleaming city of Sochi, where Putin's government spent an unprecedented $50 billion to create an Olympic wonderland. But in the small towns nearby, residents are still living in dilapidated houses without running water or reliable electricity.

Boston Globe reporter David Filipov has been covering the underbelly of the Sochi Olympics. He's spent time with the villagers of a town called Solokh Aul, about 20 miles from Sochi.

Residents there were excited when it was first announced that Russia would be awarded the winter Olympics. They thought they would reap some benefits from the billions of dollars the government invested into the new Olympic park. But so far, they say nothing has trickled down to their impoverished village nearby.


This segment aired on February 18, 2014.

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